Specifically, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote in a blog post that the company will encrypt all information flowing between data centers by the end of the first quarter in 2014. It will also give users the option to encrypt the flow of all information shared with Yahoo by the same time frame. In addition, Mayer said that the … Read more
Glenn Greenwald -- the journalist who got the scoop on the NSA's mass surveillance programs courtesy of whistle-blower Edward Snowden -- has been busily assembling the team for the new online publication he's co-creating with $250 million in backing from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
And a series of tweeted announcements by Greenwald over the last few days gives a glimpse of how the closely watched venture's editorial focus is shaping up.
In an ironic, Snowdenesque twist, news of the venture leaked to BuzzFeed last month, generating a flurry of discussion in media and Internet circles.
The New … Read more
The NSA allegedly gathered millions of records from Google and Yahoo data centers around the world, but soon, the agency might have a much harder time trying to collect this type of data.
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, and other prominent technology companies are investing heavily in stronger, 2048-bit encryption. Due to computing power constraints, it's expected to be more than a decade before this type of encryption can be easily overcome.
Another secret surveillance effort that sweeps up and stores bulk data on Americans has apparently come to light -- this time involving financial records, and not the NSA but the Central Intelligence Agency.
The CIA program reportedly nabs data from cross-border money transfers handled by US companies such as Western Union in an effort to discover and track the funding of terrorist efforts.
It reportedly operates under the same provision of the Patriot Act that the NSA points to in defending its massive collection of Americans' phone call records. And like the NSA program, it's also subject to guidelines … Read more
Self-destruction is the core value of our current times.
Just as we seek to destroy ourselves with our self-indulgence and our joie de vivre, we seek our private messages to be destroyed before the world's security services read them.
And so along comes a company called PowerInbox to assist us on our path to righteousness.
Seeing, perhaps, that Snapchat, the send-it-and-forget-it messaging app, was rather popular, PowerInbox is offering SecretInk. This delightful concoction claims to have all the properties of Snapchat, but for e-mail (and even SMS).… Read more
The US government is on a data-gathering spree at Google, new data from the search giant reveals.
Between January and June 2013, the US government issued nearly 11,000 requests to Google asking for user information, or about 42 percent of the global total. India was second with nearly 2,700 government requests.
The collective requests from governments around the world during that six-month period have more than doubled in the three-and-a-half years since Google's first government transparency report, which covered the second half of 2009. "And these numbers," Google said in a blog post Thursday, "… Read more
The White House may be looking to appoint a civilian to replace Gen. Keith Alexander as head of the US National Security Agency, according to a report by The Hill on Saturday.
No decision has been made yet, a former administration official told The Hill, but officials have drafted a list of possible civilian candidates for the position. The White House would only name a civilian to lead the NSA if it also decides to split the role of the NSA director and the head of US Cyber Command, according to The Hill.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly gained access to classified data after persuading several co-workers to reveal their passwords.
As many as 20 to 25 workers at a National Security Agency base in Hawaii revealed their login credentials to Snowden, allowing him to obtain some of the documents that he eventually leaked to the media, Reuters reported on Friday.
Citing a "source close to several U.S. government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks," Reuters said that Snowden convinced his co-workers that he needed their passwords in his capacity as a computer systems administrator. Some of … Read more
Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee doesn't want the NSA to ruin his invention.
In an interview with the UK's Guardian newspaper, publisher of many of the spying revelations culled from NSA documents nicked by Edward Snowden, Berners-Lee said mass surveillance undermines human potential and called efforts to circumvent online privacy "foolish."
He also said the control mechanisms meant to rein in the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, are "dysfunctional" and that whistle-blowers are essential for oversight.
"When you take away the safe space, you take away a lot of the power … Read more
Apple says that the "vast majority" of the requests for information that it gets from law enforcement are queries related to lost or stolen devices.
On Tuesday, Apple released a "Report on Government Information Request" (PDF) to inform its customers about how their personal information is handled and to provide assurances that it does as much as it can to protect their privacy. The report covers the period between January 1 and June 30, 2013.
"These types of requests frequently arise when our customers ask the police to assist them with a lost or stolen … Read more